This series is aimed at discussing the impact that wrestlers have left on the business, regardless of their personal achievements. The impact I am aiming to discuss is the way they have improved the product or careers of other superstars.
Due to my age and when I started to follow the WWF/WWE, I am solely focusing this series on individuals whose careers date from around 1997 onwards and, more specifically, on less active or retired wrestlers.
The Game, The Cerebral Assassin, Triple H. Arguably one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history, he has been constant within the company for over 15 years. The longevity of his career may be shadowed by colleagues such as The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, however the fact the HHH is still wrestling is a testament to his dedication to the industry and company.
He has recovered from two career-threatening injuries, and though he is a part-time wrestler these days, he still has a great ability to wrestle a stand-out match.
He remains one of those characters who is an all-round talent, though perhaps not exceptional in any particular area. Whilst his matches are always great to watch, he has never had a legendary 5* match. His promo work is solid and stands on its own merits, yet he will never be considered amongst The Rock, Stone Cold and Jake "The Snake" Roberts' of the industry. His technique is fantastic, yet he'd never be featured in a top 10 Technical Wrestlers list. What has helped sustain and drive Triple H's career this long is simple: his work ethic.
He has been a cornerstone of the WWE since his days in DX. He wasn't immediately thrust into the spotlight, yet he was heavily featured in the mid-card, and eventually in main event scene. One of the leading lights of the Attitude Era, alongside The Undertaker, Stone Cold, The Rock and Mankind, Triple H's role within DX helped to usher in a golden age in the WWE, that many older fans yearn for again.
He has often been criticised for his backstage sway, especially because of his marriage into the McMahon family which gave him an unprecedented set of World title runs during the mid to late 2000s. He did however bear the burden of carrying the company through a transitional period as a member of Evolution, and for his misgivings, he has remained a thoroughly professional figure within the company.